Louth trader sentenced following illegal waste storage


A man who illegally stored waste tyres on disused farm land in Fulstow for over a year has been sentenced to a 12 week electronically monitored curfew, following the conclusion of his court case at Boston Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday January 27).

Adrian Last, 48, of Chepstowe Grove in Grimsby, who was trading as ‘The Branch/Crusade on Waste’, was also told to pay £500 costs towards the Environment Agency, and a £60 victim surcharge.

Under the conditions of his curfew, which will run until April 21, Last will be required to stay indoors between the hours of 8pm and 3am.

Last’s defence solicitor, Roy Foreman, told the court that Mr Last had been suffering with a number of health problems and had lost his job, which contributed to him being unable to clear the site.

Magistrates told Last that they found his offending to be deliberate and financially motivated.

Miss Emma Cranfield, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Last told investigating officers he thought up to 6,000 tyres had been taken to the farm in Fulstow. He also told officers that he bought the tyres and sold on those that were re-usable. Last estimated 30 per cent were suitable for selling on.

Miss Cranfield told magistrates that Last had registered some waste exemptions with the Agency for waste recovery and recycling, but the exemptions were either not relevant to the activities seen on site or the conditions of the exemptions were being breached.

“Last failed to respond to advice given by our officer. He was given ample time to clear the site,” said Miss Cranfield.

After the hearing, Environment Agency officer Rob Flint said: “This sort of waste activity can harm the environment and because of the numbers and the way they were stored there was a very real fire risk.

“Everyone who disposes of waste has a duty of care to ensure their waste is handled correctly.”